Showing posts with label Chandigarh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chandigarh. Show all posts

Friday, 8 December 2017

The Resurrection

Our car broke down while returning from Pangong Tso. It was an extremely frustrating experience when the machine gives up on you even though you have taken good care of it.
BMW Road Side Assistance asked to leave the car and leave the key with somebody from whom they can take it. We did that. The car was finally picked up on 27-September-2017 at 5:40 PM and dropped off at the service station in Chandigarh on 29-September-2017 around 9PM.
The initial diagnostics suggested multiple unrelated parts failed at the same time. It was puzzling but true.
Finally after a month, I landed up in Chandigarh to pick the car. It was fixed and ready to go.,
12:20 PM Got the delivery of vehicle after repairs and straightaway started back to Bangalore. The plan was to drive as long as possible and take a break for the night.
3:20 PM Stopped at Haldirams for a late lunch. Continued onwards after a half an hour break.
5:45 PM Entered Yamuna Expressway.

6:56 Arrived at the rest stop midway on Yamuna Expressway. Had a coffee break for around 45 minutes and then continued towards Agra.
Hotel Mansingh Lobby
8:48 PM Reached Hotel Mansingh in Agra. Decided to stop here for the night. Here is my review of the place.

5:10 AM Started from the hotel. 
Cattle on highways in North India has become an extremely dangerous issue. See the above video. One has to very careful in driving.
7:10 AM Crossed Gwalior
8:15 AM Crossed Datia
9:05 AM Crossed Jhansi
10:20 AM Crossed Lalitpur
11:20 AM Stopped at Hotel Deepali in Sagar for a Breakfast.
3:35 PM Stopped at MPTDC Motel at Rookhad. It is a nice place for a small break and food.

6:36 PM Reached Le Meridien in Nagpur which was the pitstop for the night.

4:50 AM Left the hotel. As the luck would have it, was stuck at Hinghanghat Railway crossing for 10 minutes.
8:28 AM Stopped at Singh is King Dhaba just before Nirmal. Unfortunately, the food was disappointing this time around.
12:20 PM Stopped at Cafe Coffee Day near Mahboobnagar.
3:25 PM Stopped at Bluemoon Foodcourt near Anantpur
6:30 PM Crossed Hebbal Flyover and got on to Outer Ring Road.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Christmas 2015: AIM 2015

The plan for christmas 2015 drive was to basically visit our homes in Delhi and Bhopal. We got to know that HVK AIM was also planned in north, we decided to club it with our plan. Once the schedule of AIM was clear, we realized that we have to be in Chandigarh on 24th December, so we had to prepone our original plan.

Here is the day-wise schedule of AIM.

  1. 21-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 1, Bengaluru to Hyderabad.
  2. 22-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 2, Hyderabad to Bhopal 
  3. 23-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 3, Bhopal to Delhi
  4. 24-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 4, Delhi to Shoja
  5. 25-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 5, Shoja
  6. 26-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 6, Shoja to Mandi long drive
  7. 27-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 7, Mandi to Delhi with stopover in Chandigarh
  8. 28-December-2015 & 29-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 8 & 9 Stay at Delhi
  9. 30-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 10, Delhi to Ujjain
  10. 31-December-2015 Christmas 2015 - Day 11, Stay at Ujjain, Reach Bhopal in evening
  11. 01-January-2016 Christmas 2015 - Day 12, Stay at Bhopal
  12. 02-January-2016 Christmas 2015 - Day 13, Bhopal to Bengaluru
That ended the drive, a total 6081 kilometers, 107 hours of driving, Almost 600 litres of diesel, 13 days on the road, temperature difference between +30 to -10 degrees. Finally stopped worrying about the toll amount but must be more than Rs. 2000/- probably closer to Rs. 3000/-.

Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 7, Mandi to Delhi via Chandigarh

The plan for the day was to leave early from Mandi, reach Chandigarh quickly, meet couple of friends and end up in Delhi by the end of the day.

6:00 AM Left the hotel and started back towards Chandigarh.
7:15 AM Stopped at a road side dhaba who was getting ready to start making Aloo Parathas. Had breakfast and tea there.
7:50 AM Started back the journey
9:15 AM Crossed Nauni
10:25 AM Crossed swarghat
11:00 AM Crossed Kiratpur Sahib
12:30 PM Reached friends place for lunch.
2:00 PM Started for second friends place
2:20 PM Reached second friends place
4:40 PM Started back for Delhi
Bangedup car on highway
Every now and then one encounters a vehicle that one gets reminded of safe and defensive driving.
5:40 PM Crossed Ambala
6:25 PM Crossed Kurukshetra
7:15 PM Crossed Karnal
8:05 PM Crossed Panipat
8:10 PM Stopped at Hotel Swarn Mahal just after Panipat.
8:45 PM Started back towards Delhi
9:30 PM Crossed Sonipat
10:30 PM Reached Noida

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Christmas 2015 - AIM - 2015 Day 4, Delhi to Sojha

As per original plan we were to leave Chandigarh by 10 AM, we were informed that the drive has been preponed because of the possibility of bad weather at destination. We had planned on leaving Delhi for Chandigarh around 5 AM hoping we would reach before 10 AM. But now we had to prepone it. So we decided to leave Delhi just after dinner.

2:15 AM Checked out from the hotel and started the drive towards Chandigarh.
3:05 AM Crossed Sonipat
3:45 AM Crossed Panipat
4:25 AM Crossed Karnal
4:45 AM Crossed Kurukshetra
5:25 AM Crossed Ambala
6:00 AM Reached one of the hotels in Chandigarh where AIM fellow drivers were staying.
7:30 AM Started from the hotel towards Mandi.
8:15 AM Reached at the Heritage Haveli restaurant. Stopped for breakfast.
9:30 AM Started after breakfast.
10:05 AM Crossed Kiratpur Sahib
11:55 AM Crossed Bilaspur
12:30 PM Stopped for a tea.
2:20 PM Reached Mandi, met up with the rest of the AIM team. Had lunch at Shingar hotel.
3:45 PMStarted as part of a convoy towards the final destination for the day. Here is the timelapse of complete drive as part of the convoy.

6:00 PM Crossed Jibhi
Lsat 10 kilometers to Sojha, there was a concern regarding snow on the road. We stopped below the final climb for almost an hour before continuing further.
This final streth was tough on cars partly because of very bad quality of road and partly because of occasional snow on the road.
8:00 PM We were in the PWD guest house in Sojha where everybody had gathered for the dinner. Once we had dinner, we got into our hotel room and called it a day.